Lincoln - For the second season in a row, the Huskers end the regular season against Iowa State, as the fourth-ranked Cyclones (13-3, 2-1) visit Lincoln Sunday for a 2 p.m. showdown with No. 3 Nebraska (17-2-1, 3-0) in the NU Colsieum. The Nebraska Athletic Department is encouraging fans to wear black to the contest, as the dual is an official Black-Out. The first 100 fans will receive a free Nebraska wrestling t-shirt. Howells native Craig Brester will be honored as a Hometown Husker, while NU will also recognize its four seniors on the team.
The Huskers picked up dual wins over UNC Greensboro and North Carolina last Saturday, as Jordan Burroughs shattered the Nebraska season dual takedown record with a pair of technical falls. Burroughs notched 21 takedowns over UNCG’s Andrew Saunders and No. 20 Thomas Scotton of North Carolina to lead the Huskers to 43 to -1 and 25-14 victories in Chapel Hill, N.C. With 114 takedowns in dual matches this year, Burroughs shattered his previous school record of 98 last season, and moved to 27-0 on the season. The Huskers won five of the 10 matches against UNCG by bonus points, with Matt Vacanti, Andy Johnson and Craig Brester earning pins and Curtis Salazar winning by forfeit. NU was tied at nine with the Tar Heels through four matches, before Burroughs’ technical fall and Stephen Dwyer’s major decision win over No. 17 Keegan Mueller at 165 gave Nebraska a 17-9 lead. A major decision by Vince Jones at 184 and a decision by Brester at 197 locked NU’s 23rd straight dual win over an ACC foe.
Nebraska will seek a measure of revenge on Sunday against the Cyclones. Last year, the Huskers had a chance to complete the conference season undefeated for the first time in program history, as NU has never swept its conference opponents in the 99-year history of the program. ISU squashed the Huskers’ pursuit of perfection with a 22-12 win in Ames in the final dual of the season. The Huskers have an opportunity to accomplish the feat this season, but face a difficult test against the Cyclones. Iowa State enters Sunday’s battle with all 10 wrestlers ranked, including two at No. 1. Bouts between ranked foes will occur at 157 to heavyweight, including top-10 matchups at 157 and 165. The 197-pound weight class will pit top-ranked Jake Varner against No. 2 Brester. All-Americans will square off at 157, 165 and 197.
Courtesy: Associated Press